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A Raptor Rounds The ‘Ring: Video 11
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Editorial, Ford, Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, Kurt, Nurburgring, video on 03 11th, 2013
Tanner Foust gets ready to wheel a Raptor around the 'Ring
Tanner Foust gets ready to wheel a Raptor around the 'Ring

Tanner Foust gets ready to wheel a Raptor around the ‘Ring

During a recent vehicle development trip to Ford’s proving grounds in Germany, rallycross driver and Top Gear host Tanner Foust found himself with a few days to kill. Sightseeing along the Rhine isn’t Foust’s style, so he arranged to borrow a car from Ford and headed off to the Nürburgring for some hot laps.

Foust wasn’t behind the wheel of a Shelby GT500 or the new Fiesta ST; instead, Ford handed him the keys to an SVT Raptor, which is an interesting choice for a drive on the ‘Ring. Pickup trucks in Germany are about as common as Bugatti Veyrons in the United States, so Ford’s fastest F-150 definitely drew some attention on the track.

The video below doesn’t show lap times, but we wouldn’t expect anything too quick from a stock ride height Raptor riding on off-road tires. Foust seems to enjoy wheeling the pickup around the Green Hell, and it appears that he spent plenty of time sideways through corners, undoubtedly giving spectators the show of their lives.

Attention whoring aside, there’s another advantage we can think of to driving a Raptor on the ‘Ring: thanks to the truck’s off-road-focused suspension, the track’s curbing can be used to add more real estate to each corner. Put a wheel or two off the pavement, and we’ll bet the Raptor handles things a lot better than a Porsche 911, too.

Infographic: Ford pits Raptor against Mars Rover for The Ultimate Off-Road Faceoff 1
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Ford, Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, infographic, Technical on 08 1st, 2012

American ingenuity and innovation naturally has a go-anywhere approach, especially when you are talking about the most capable off-roading vehicles around. Ford has released a clever infographic of ‘The Ultimate off-road Faceoff’ featuring their most off-road capable vehicle, the new Ford SVT Raptor. On the other end of the spectrum, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars Rover Curiosity is pitted against the Raptor in the infographic below. Which one is the best off-road vehicle? It all depends on your locality.

In the ingenious infographic you will find interesting stats on both ‘vehicles’ with a humorous comparison in some aspects, such as the time it would take the Raptor to reach Mars. Either way, we give major kudos to Ford for conjuring up such a peculiar infographic.

Does Ford Have A Problem With The F-150 SVT Raptor? 5
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ford, Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, Kurt, Raptor Frame on 07 5th, 2011

Image: Raptor Forumz

If you watch Ford’s promotional videos on their F-150 SVT Raptor, it looks like you can drive the truck off a cliff without fear of damage. Despite the Raptor being a production vehicle, Ford implies that it’s up to the challenges and hazards of desert pre-running. Based on the experience of a growing population of owners, that may not be the case.

At issue is the Raptor’s rear frame, which isn’t fully boxed. Hit a bump or pothole hard enough, and the rear axle can slam against the bump stops, causing the frame to bend and the bed to tilt downward. The population of owners who’ve experienced this is growing, and Ford has yet to acknowledge the problem. In fact, Ford has used scratched undercarriages and scuffed skidplates as evidence that the trucks with bent frames have been abused, which would potentially void warranty coverage.

This much is clear: the condition is happening on a growing number of trucks that are used as Ford intended. If you own a Raptor, you may want to taper back on how hard you drive your truck off road, at least until Ford (or the aftermarket) comes up with a solution.

Source: Raptor Forumz via Left Lane News